• WordNet 3.6
    • adj deadened made or become less intense "the deadened pangs of hunger"
    • adj deadened devoid of physical sensation; numb "his gums were dead from the novocain","she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth","a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities"
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  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.”
  • Samuel Beckett
    “Habit is a great deadener.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “That is your trick, your bit of filthy magic: invisibility, and the anaesthetic power to deaden my attention in your direction.”


In literature:

His foot struck with a deadened thud against the bottom step of the second flight, and his pulses fluttered wildly for a moment.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
He stole along, walking on the sod to deaden his footsteps, and soon found himself on the main highway.
"Frank Roscoe's Secret" by Allen Chapman
My active life had apparently come to another deadening full stop.
"The Conquest of Fear" by Basil King
She found no answer in the deadened sky, or in her own heart.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 59, September, 1862" by Various
Long before this, the smoldering edge of the sun had deadened into blackness.
"The House on the Borderland" by William Hope Hodgson
He will teach you how nicotine deadens the conscience.
"The Postmaster's Daughter" by Louis Tracy
The dreariness of winter has passed, and with it, the deadened affections of our nature.
"Precaution" by James Fenimore Cooper
Besides, the sensibility of the nerves is deadened.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The paralysis of despair deadened all the energies of civilized man.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV" by John Lord
There is something about the very occupation of gardening which is deadening to enthusiasm.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham

In poetry:

Due sacrifice of his own drowsy flowers,
The deadening poppies in an ocean shell
Round which through all forgotten days and hours
The great seas wove their spell.
"To Sleep" by C S Lewis
A voice would sound the decachords above,
Deadening the music of the Living Land—
Thou madest, Thou knowest, Thou wilt understand,
And stay me with the Apples of Thy love.
"Christ, For Whose Only Love I Keep" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
"Where is the super-man? Where the deliverer?
Where is the Captain to win us relief -
Surcease from sorrowing, respite from borrowing?
Oh, for a philtre to deaden our grief!"
"A Dirge of the Morning After" by C J Dennis
Yet, sometimes thou return, and with those eyes
Bright as an angel's, look on me again,
So I shall feel the wonted raptures rise,
And I shall lose the deaden'd sense of pain!
"To The Muse. L'Envoi" by James Avis Bartley
Peace--peace--and rest! Ah, how the lyre is loth,
Or powerless now, to give what all men seek!
Either it deadens with ignoble sloth
Or deafens with shrill tumult, loudly weak.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
I knew Seraphina; Nature gave her hue,
Glance, sympathy, note, like one from Eden.
I saw her smile warp, heard her lyric deaden;
She turned to harlotry; - this I took to be new.
"Report on Experience" by Edmund Blunden

In news:

Danger Zone When conscience deadens.
Obama's Gaffes and the Deadening 'Teachable Moment'.
In Joe Meno 's new novel, set in the last year of the 20th century, art school dropout Odile Neff and amateur sound artist Jack Blevins work deadening office jobs.
His stimulus obsessions have deadened his thinking.
21 in the morning and it was enveloped by fog, cloaking the first tremors in a sound-deadening embrace.
One thing President Obama won't talk about in his jobs speech Thursday is the deadening effect of litigation on the US economy.
High blood pressure by deadening nerves near the.
St Jude Medical Inc said on Monday its procedure that deadens nerves near the kidneys helped lower blood pressure in a small study of patients whose hypertension could not be controlled with drugs.
A mindless summer rampage that deadens its potential blockbuster energy with low-budget production values.
With nighttime temperatures expected to hover above freezing, Ravens punter is hoping natural grass will deaden punts inside Steelers' 20-yard line.
Boston Scientific Corp said on Thursday it will acquire privately-held Vessix Vascular Inc, a developer of a catheter-based device that treats high blood pressure by deadening nerves near the kidneys.
James White Parkway deadens after the Moody Ave exit.
Defeating soul-deadening gridlock, monster potholes and dangerous road ice.
In combination with the maker's drywall adhesive, Acoustical Sound Sealant helps create a complete wall system that reduces drafts and deadens noise.
Jim Delany got up and turned a press conference into a "chat/filibuster," according to SI's Andy Staples, deadening a random conference room with the special brand of no-speak that only the true masters of PR have at their disposal.

In science:

Therefore, each cosmic ray should be assumed to deaden the entire detector for a period of time which is dependent on the dwell time of the muon track and the light inside the detector, the pulse shapes from PMTs, and the data acquisition electronics.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
That is because the ratio of H to H e nuclei was frozen during a certain minute of the dynamics and, not sub ject to the deadening laws of equilibrium thermodynamics, has been largely unchanged to this day.
Summary of the XXX Rencontre de Moriond QCD Session